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To the Best of Our Knowledge cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel it through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them.
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What Can We Learn From Teenagers?

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:00pm

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.

Categories: Syndicated

Discovering America's Black DNA

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 1:00pm

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice?

Categories: Syndicated

Why Make Art?

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:15pm

We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art?

Categories: Syndicated

Facing Hate

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 1:00pm

For the first time since World War II, far-right and neo-fascist groups are winning converts and votes — all over Europe and also here at home. Why is it happening, and can it be stopped?

Categories: Syndicated

Magical Thinking

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 1:00pm

"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything - from ghosts to miracles. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder.  

Categories: Syndicated

Imagining Climate Change

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 1:00pm

“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?

Categories: Syndicated

What's Wrong With Men?

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 1:00pm

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American women” would be happier at home. Where does his vision of “being a man” fit in 2018?

Categories: Syndicated

In The Company Of Wolves

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 1:00pm

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  

Categories: Syndicated

Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person?

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 1:30pm

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?

Categories: Syndicated

Who's Watching Us?

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 1:00pm

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.

Categories: Syndicated


Sat, 01/06/2018 - 1:00pm

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?

Categories: Syndicated

Ending With A Flourish

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 1:00pm

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.

Categories: Syndicated

Is Capitalism Broken?

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 1:30pm

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?

Categories: Syndicated

The Art of Reinventing Yourself

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:15pm

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.

Categories: Syndicated

Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

Categories: Syndicated

Harassment In The Lab

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 1:00pm

Sexism has no boundaries, as we're quickly discovering. But what impact does it have on scientific discovery if sexist behavior drives women out of science entirely?

Categories: Syndicated